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IRS Chief Counsel goes virtual with national Settlement Days

The Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel is expanding its Virtual Settlement Days program after the tremendous success achieved by three offices that took Settlement Days events virtual in May 2020. Settlement Days events are coordinated efforts to resolve cases in the United States Tax Court (Tax Court) by providing taxpayers not represented by […]

Economic Impact Payment by Prepaid Debit Card

Nearly four million people are being sent their Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card, instead of paper check. The determination of which taxpayers receive a debit card was made by the Bureau of Fiscal Service, another part of the Treasury Department that works with the IRS to handle distribution of the payments. These Economic […]

IRS People First Initiative provides relief to taxpayers facing COVID-19 issues

Due to COVID-19, the IRS’ People First Initiative provides relief to taxpayers on a variety of issues. • Existing Installment Agreements- Under an existing Installment Agreement, payments due between April 1 and July 15, 2020 are delayed. Those unable to meet the terms of an Installment Payment Agreement or Direct Deposit Installment Agreement may cancel […]

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the Cares Act

Sections 3504, 18004, and 18008 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (Cares Act) enacted on March 27, 2020, allow higher education institutions to use certain funds allocated by the Department of Education to support students and higher education institutions with expenses and financial needs related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Section 3504 […]

Returning an Economic Impact Payment

New information has come out concerning Economic Impact Payments made to a deceased taxpayer. Does someone who died qualify for the Economic Impact Payment? • No. A payment made to someone who died before receipt of the Payment should be return to the IRS. • Return the entire payment unless the payment was made to […]

IRS retools Settlement Days program

Settlement Days program allows unrepresented taxpayers to settle their cases virtually and reach finality. Virtual Settlement Days is a coordinated effort to resolve Tax Court cases by giving taxpayers not represented by counsel the opportunity to receive free tax advice and possible tax representation from Low Income Tax Clinics (LITCs) or other pro bono organizations. […]

SSI AND VA recipients with a child who don’t file taxes should visit IRS.gov now

SSI and VA recipients who have children and weren’t required to file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 should visit the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here Tool on IRS.gov by May 5. This will ensure they receive their full Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. This tool is available in English and Spanish. […]

Taxpayers with a filing requirement must file a tax return to get an Economic Impact Payment

Some facts for eligible taxpayers who need to- and haven’t- filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 • Eligible taxpayers with a filing requirement who haven’t filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 must file for 2019 to get an Economic Impact Payment. • Taxpayers should file electronically and include direct deposit information […]

Information for nonresident aliens and foreign business impacted by COVID-19 travel disruptions

The global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus (the COVID-19 Emergency) has significantly limited the ability of many individuals to leave the United States. Individuals who do not have the COVID-19 virus and attempt to leave the United States may also face canceled flights, disruptions in other forms of transportation, shelter-in-place orders, quarantines, and border closures. […]

Coronavirus-related Scams

Taxpayers should be on the look-out for IRS impersonation calls, texts and email phishing attempts about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments. These scams can lead to tax-related fraud and identify theft. Here’s what taxpayers need to know: • The IRS will not call, email or text you to verify or request your financial, banking or personal […]